NES reproduction cart?
1 month ago

I’ve seen a few different Lost Levels reproduction carts for nes online. Would these be allowed for submissions or not?

Ok. Thanks for the info!


As Wolf said, no we do not allow reproduction cartridges. Our testing shows that most sold by individuals are inaccurate compared to the disk version, even with simple gameplay elements such as the red piranha plants and springs. If you wish to play Lost Levels on NES then you either purchase a Everdrive N8 (or clone).

Thanks for the additional info! I just wanted to confirm whether or not they allowed since there is no mention of them in the game rules, and I did not want to spend my money on something only to later find out that I had wasted it on something I couldn’t use for submission. Once again, thank you for the info! I really do appreciate it!


The most accurate and accessible alternative to the latest everdrive for playing fds games that I've found is this set:

  1. famicom - cheap
  2. fds ram adapter - also cheap
  3. fdsstick - around $30
Edited by the author 1 month ago

There is a new alternative to the FDSStick which is being mass produced by various companies called the FDSKey, uses a MicroSD card to read FDS images to the RAM adapter.

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That can work, if you have an actual NES, however 1008 was referring to the actual FDS RAM adapter which looks like this File:Nintendo-Famicom-Disk-System-RAM-Adapter-1.jpg - Wikimedia Commons

Thank you, that is exactly what I wanted to hear! I’d rather keep my NES instead of purchasing a famicom, so I’m glad to hear that I can use the 3rd party RAM adapter!


Wow that's great! However, fds2nes is not on the approved hardware list, probably that's why I haven't found the cart before.

Edited by the author 1 month ago

It’s the only one I’ve been able to find. I wouldn’t think using it would invalidate the run, because it’s just an alternate ram adapter, the original FDS hardware other than that is still being used. I could be wrong, but I doubt it, especially since Seraphmlll said that it would work.


Looking at the hardware present on the FDS2NES it has the same hardware as the regular FDS RAM adapter, I would not have any objections to approving this however this will require discussion with other moderators.

Makes sense. There might be other versions out there, but this is the only one I was able to find that would be relevant in my case. I have heard a RAM adapter by Bakutendo that is designed to fit in a Famicom cart, however I feel that this would be unnecessary for Famicom owners as they can just purchase the regular RAM adapter, and it wouldn't make sense for NES owners. There is a DRAM x4 version: Disk System (FDS) RAM Adapter Vertical Board [DRAM x4 Version] | BAKUTENDO

And a DRAM x1 version: Disk System (FDS) RAM Adapter Vertical Board [DRAM x1 Version] | BAKUTENDO

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